DIY Apothecary Jars – Cheap & Quick!

DIY Apothecary Jars
Recently, I shared several antique apothecary labels with you, for Antique Graphics Wednesday.  I have lots of old apothecary bottles, but sometimes I’m hesitant about altering original bottles, but I love using new jars and bottles, that might otherwise be thrown away, and altering them to make them look old.
DIY apothecary jars

So when I stumbled across some cute little candles in jars with lids at Walmart for less than $1, I knew I was really going to get my buck’s worth from them.  I love, love, love scented candles, so at a dollar a piece, I could put these things all over the house and not spend a fortune.  No, they aren’t the same quality as higher end candles, but they smell nice and leave me with a cute little jar when the candle has burned out.  What I love about these, is the label peels off REALLY easily (Notice the “easy peel” notice on the side of the label?).  Not a bit of residue is left when you pull them off.    I would imagine other stores carry something similar as well, but these were a bargain.

Turning them into little apothecary bottles is as simple as printing & cutting out the labels,
and adhering them to the bottles.  I used my original labels, so the ink didn’t smudge.  Make copies of the labels on a laser printer, cut them out, and apply spray adhesive on the back.

DIY Apothecary Jars with Free Printable Labels |

These look adorable filled with old buttons, but they would also be great filled with office supplies – thumb tacks, paper clips, stamps, etc.  They are the perfect size to use as spice jars as well, and less expensive than buying empty spice bottles.

DIY Apothecary Jars with Free Printable Labels |

I’ve never shared the poison label before, so here it is.
(click on image to enlarge).
For an full size printable of all these labels on one page, click HERE.  
You could tea-dye them, if you like really aged-looking labels, but mine darkened up a little just spraying the adhesive to the back of them.
If you want the individual images, they are found HERE.
PIN these DIY Apothecary Jars!
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via


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  1. Love your vintage labels. I have some labels and I think I might have to go find some bottles this weekend to copy your ideas.

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!! Why oh why did I send all of my old candle jars to the recycling center??? That darn husband of mine won’t let me keep any of the good junk! Guess I’ll be burning candles all weekend so that I can make some of my own! Pinned this and shared it on our FB page!

  3. Those are great, Angie!

  4. Love these!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. super idea!

  6. Love the idea..

  7. Love these, Angie. I did a post today on Valentine Love Potion bottles I made using your labels, too. Thanks again for the great printables!

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

  8. Well what’s not to like here. Beautiful and a great way to reuse those candle jars!

  9. These are great. I have a ton of these jar cause I burn so many candles. Love it!

  10. So cool! I love these…what a great idea for re-purposing jars and containers (which I DO save). Thank you for sharing such an adorable project!

  11. Thanks for the sheet of labels – I’ll be looking out for some little jars to use them on. What agreat way to store buttons!

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  13. Hi Angie, I am so happy to see your label printable s! (I’m trying this again without the misspelling!) I will use these, as they are adorable! Xo Pam

  14. Another amazing printable! I’m going to need to get crafty with this one asap!

  15. Dear Angie … I have an old bottle I need a label for, so maybe these will work. Thanks for sharing them. They are very nice … you do such a nice job of reproducing them.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  16. Great find on those jars. another cute idea is to add a short base to them, like an upside down glass candle holder for taper candle.
    It gives it a little bit more ‘special’ look. Of course yours already look special. =)



  18. Very cute! love that look

  19. What a great idea! I love the labels. I’ve considered starting a small collection of such items because I’m a pharmacist and I love the nostalgia of it, but this is a much cheaper way to incorporate that idea. Thanks!

  20. That’s a great idea! I never thought of jar candles as a source for apothecary jars. I’m totally gonna do this — have been meaning to for awhile for a bathroom, but didn’t want to pay the price for vintage/antique jars.

  21. It is kind of you to share your talents with us Angie! Thanks for your thoughtfulness….I love the labels! Now I can dress my naked bottles…..

  22. I am a jar and bottle collector myself, but I’ve never thought about turning them into little apothecary bottles. What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing your lovely labels.

  23. These are so cute! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

  24. Love these jars, and thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays.
    Also thanks for sharing the labels

  25. Wow! Thanks for sharing! LOVE these jars 😉 Have a great weekend 😉

  26. You’re doing me in with all of your awesome projects ~ yet another! Have a great week.

    Mary Beth @Cupcakes and Crinoline.

  27. I love the Walmart candles too… I’ve collected quite a lot of jars! Need to try this…
    Anjana @

  28. This is a great idea but, I have one question… do you get the left over wax from the candles OUT of the jar? I have tried so many different things and still I have a residue. Help?

  29. Cindy Downing says

    How do you clean the candle wax out of the jars?

    • Cindy, Once I’ve burned most of the candle, I boil water and sit the jar in the hot water until the wax melts. You may need to set something on the jar, so it doesn’t float and flip over. Once all the leftover wax is melted in the jar, I use paper towels to wipe it all off, then wash in soapy water.


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